Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll

2 hours and 57 minutes listening time

Grade C-

If you haven't read this book, then you need to. Mainly because it's one of those classics that just needs to be read. I don't have a lot to say about this book because everyone knows the story, seen the movie, or heard the references.

So if you haven't read it, pick it up and read it. It's a really quick easy read. It does seem a little outdated, but really, all real classics are. You just have to get passed that and on to the real story.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Alright, listen up....

First of all, I am still trying to get through Sookie. I have an hour left of the 7th book, and honestly, I don't know if I can bring myself to get through the last three. However, I think once I get through this one, I am going to take a break, read the four books I need to for my book clubs (I am a little behind) and then go back to Sookie. I just need it to end. I know most of my bookish friends say life is to short to read bad books, but I don't think I have turned off a book yet without some intent of finishing it later.

So after my hour of Sookie #7 is over, I am going to read, Alice in Wonderland, The Thirteenth Tale, The Council of Dads, and Hunger Games.

I am soooooooooo freaking tired of seeing all the blogs that I follow post about Hunger Games because I haven't read it yet, and can't comment on any of them yet. I was saving Hunger Games to do a buddy read with one of my co-workers but she is trying to read Sookie and the House of Night books, so she can't, but thankfully, my local library hosts monthly book clubs, and October is Hunger Games. So there. That's my excuse.

So I should be back to my regular blog posts soon.

PS, my lack of getting through Sookie might also have to do with the fact that Netflix is now available on iPhones, and The Office happens to be on view now....all 5 seasons, and seeing how I never have seen it before, I am spending my days listening to The Office instead of Sookie. Which in my opinion is a much better choice ;)

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Adios, Nirvana

Adios, Nirvana
By Conrad Wselhoeft

Release date 10/25/10

240 pages
unavailable on audio at this time

Grade B+

This is the third advanced reader that I have finished, and it was also on my kindle making it just that much more fun to read.

So Jonathan, the main character, is a struggling teenage boy, whom recently had to deal with his twin brother dying. After his brother Telly died, he won a contest for his poetry, and became somewhat infamous because of it. The story around all this was great. Now I give this book a B+ because I don't think the author really dug in deep with the characters. Other than Jonathan, you don't get a lot of emotion. I really liked how Jonathan grew though.

Jonathan was probably one of the more interesting characters, and he was very much grieved with the loss of his brother. I didn't really like the relationship that he had with his mother, and I didn't much care for his mother in general to be perfectly honest. I did however, totally love the author's reading style.

Following Jonathan on his journey, and meeting David and Katie, I really think he turned into a great guy. I also really enjoyed the musical references and the guitar references. I was reminded of my brother during some parts of this book, so I kinda was able to make a reference.
All in all, when it eventually comes out, it is worth the read. I finished it on the plane ride home today, so if you don't like it, you won't have a huge amount of time invested.